Todd Thayse is the Vice President and General Manager of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Todd possesses 37 years of experience in the maritime construction and repair industry, working with clients from all over the world as well as vendors and suppliers from the Great Lakes region and beyond. He has an extensive background in manufacturing production, material procurement, strategic planning, estimating, budgeting, labor negotiations, mergers and acquisitions as well as scheduling for both the commercial and governmental shipbuilding industries. He has overseen projects that have produced U.S. Coast Guard Icebreakers, Articulated Tugs and Barges (ATBs), Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs), Dredges, Passenger Ferries and, most recently, modular construction for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.
Todd began his career with Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin building military vessels for the U.S. government including wooden minesweepers, aluminum gun boats and yard patrol boats.
Todd has since spent the last 37 years working in a wide variety of capacities across multiple disciplines at Bay Shipbuilding, now known as Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. His experience began as a light metal production boilermaker, where he advanced to become Foreman and the head of the light metal and insulating department. He then became Assistant Manager and Manager of Commercial Ship Repair Services until 2001 when he was named Director of Ship Repair Services and Major Conversion. In 2012, Todd Thayse was named Vice President and General Manager, the role he continues to serve in to this day.
Todd received his initial training at Northeast Wisconsin Technical Colleague in metals fabrication and layout. He is a state certified trainer and former project manager in asbestos abatement. Todd received additional leadership training through the University of Kansas, UW-Madison Extension and Manitowoc Company
Mark Vandroff assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wis. in July of 2021.
Previously he was the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Fincantieri Marine Group in Washington D.C.
Immediately prior to joining FMG, Mark served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff at The White House. In this role, he served as the President’s senior White House advisor on a broad array of matters including defense capabilities, irregular and non-traditional warfare, strategic weapons, international security cooperation, military personnel, emerging defense technology, and space security. Prior to his time at the NSC, Mark worked at Zenetex, LLC as Vice President of Maritime Programs.
Before his civilian career, Mark served in the U.S. Navy, retiring from active duty with the rank of Captain. His command-level tours included service as the Major Program Manager for ARLEIGH BURKE Class destroyers and Commanding Officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock, Maryland.
He holds a B.S. in Physics from the United States Naval Academy and an M.S. in Applied Physics from The Johns Hopkins University. He has been a frequent contributor to publications such as Proceedings of the Naval Institute, The Strategy Bridge, and the Center for International Maritime Security. He was the recipient of the 2018 Gold Medal for Engineering Excellence by the American Society of Naval Engineers.
Dario Deste assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri Marine Group, Washington D.C. in August of 2018.
He was previously the chairman of Fincantieri Australia, a role in which he managed the shipbuilder’s participation in the competitive evaluation process to deliver nine Future Frigates to the Royal Australian Navy.
Furthermore, he is a board member of various Fincantieri companies.
Dario joined Fincantieri in 2007, and was later appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri Marine Systems North America, which is a sustainment company dedicated to research, design and production of marine systems and components in the U.S.
In 1991, he began his executive career in the private industry where he held senior roles in Italy and abroad with major industrial groups such as Fiat Defense, Beretta, BAE System and Leonardo.
Prior to his career in the private sector, Dario served as an Italian naval pilot onboard various ships and naval bases. He also deployed abroad for an extensive period of time to participate in several NATO operations.
In 1983, he was selected to participate in the United States Naval Aviation Program. He became a Naval Aviator - both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft - in 1985.
Dario was born in Rome. After receiving his high school diploma, he attended the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno (1979-1983) where he received his degree in Maritime and Naval Science. He later received a degree in Political Science from the University of Trieste.
In his free time, Dario enjoys playing tennis, sailing and skiing.
Dario is married with a daughter and two sons.
Marco Galbiati arrived in Washington D.C. on November 1, 2018, as the General Manager of Fincantieri Marine Group.
He has served on various Fincantieri company boards of directors, including FMSNA, Fincantieri USA, and Fincantieri Holdings.
Marco started his business career in 1996 with Sapio Group, an Italian market leader in the industrial and medical gases sector, where he served as the group fincancial controller.
Eleven years later Marco joined Fincantieri where he served as a leader at various financial departments within Fincantieri, ultimately rising to be the head of financial planning and controls for the two most prominent business units: naval vessels and cruise ships.
Following these key leadership roles, Marco was appointed as the General Manager for Fincantieri Marine Group in the United States.
Marco earned a degree in Economics from the University of Pavia. He also served a year in the Italian Carabinieri military police
In his free time, he enjoys music and tennis.
Vice Admiral Hunt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. He was commissioned in February 1976 through the Officer Candidate School program in Newport, R.I. He attended Naval Post Graduate School, receiving a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management in March 1988.
Hunt served in USS Sampson (DDG 10), USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Roark (FF 1053). As Commanding Officer of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) from August 1993 to May 1995, he deployed as part of the Kitty Hawk Battle Group in support of Korean Contingency Operations. Following his command tour, he served as assistant chief of staff of Operations and Plans for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, deploying twice as part of the George Washington Battle Group. He served as Commanding Officer, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and air warfare commander for the Enterprise Battle Group from December 1999 to July 2001. In July 2005, he assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Six/John F Kennedy Strike Group. Additionally, he served as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, United States Central Command from April 2006 to February 2007; Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet from June 2009 to April 2011; and Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from June 2011 to July 2012.
Shore assignments include: assistant professor Naval/Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, The Ohio State University; communications systems officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), Joint Staff; executive assistant to Director, Surface Warfare (N86); executive assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements, and Assessments (N8), and Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He additionally served as Deputy Director, Strategy & Policy (J5), Joint Staff and Director, Programming Division (N80), Navy Staff. He became Director, Navy Staff in August 2012 and retired from the Navy in November 2013.
Personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.
Hunt joined Raytheon Company in the position of Vice President, Business Development, Navy/Marine Corps Programs in January 2014 and assumed the role of Vice President for U.S. Business Development in June 2015. He transitioned to Chief Strategy Officer at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in April 2018 and became President, Fincantieri Marinette Marine in July 2019.